Postdoc position in mitochondrial cardiolipin synthesis

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Jun 2023

The newly established Mitochondrial Inner Membrane Laboratory (MIM-Lab) at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, is inviting applications for a fully-funded 2-year postdoc position to work on mitochondrial cardiolipin synthases using structural biology and biochemistry methods.

The start date is October 1st or as soon as possible hereafter. The position is for 2 years with possible extension of 1 year.

Job description

This position will involve experimental planning, design, execution and analysis to elucidate the mechanisms of mitochondrial enzymes synthesizing cardiolipin. The main focus for this position will be on mammalian mitochondrial cardiolipin synthases and complexes hereof. As the MIM-Lab officially starts in autumn 2023, you will be joining as the first postdoc and will have ample opportunities to develop the projects and your own research career goals.

The position entails:

  • Expression, purification and characterization of cardiolipin synthase
  • Cryo-EM/ET for structure determination
  • Activity assays on disease mutants
  • Identification of supramolecular complexes of cardiolipin synthase

Examples of other responsibilities (not limited to below listed):

  • Establish and develop experimental protocols and pipelines
  • Be active in presenting your work in various meetings (local at department, national and international meetings and conferences)
  • Publish results in international journals
  • Work closely with the PI to help build a sound and inspiring culture in the lab
  • Assist with daily supervision of junior researchers and students
  • General implementation of the lab

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in protein biochemistry, mitochondrial biology or similar.


  • Solid experience and documented background in molecular biology, protein purification (ideally membrane proteins) and biochemical characterization
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral/written)
  • Ability to take ownership and drive projects forward
  • Have a collaborative mindset


  • Proven track record in mitochondrial membrane biology
  • Experience with structural biology techniques (cryoEM, cryo-ET)
  • Handson experience with multi-subunit membrane protein complexes
  • An interest in applying for postdoc fellowships

Finally, applicants should:

  • Be curious and ambitious
  • Take pride in being a good colleague

Who we are

The postdoc will be affiliated to the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas of Plant Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, RNA Biology and Innovation, Protein Science, Cellular Health, Intervention and Nutrition. There are currently 75 full time scientific staff and 95 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total.

Please refer to  for further information about The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to  and  for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Universitetsbyen 81, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact information

For further information, please contact: New MBG group leader from October 1st, Rasmus Kock Flygaard,


Applications must be received no later than June 30 2023

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the

Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation


The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here .

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here .

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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